My natural hair is not disrespectful.

Lunia Collado
Cranston, RI

As an adult, I’ve been living between the US and the Dominican Republic. While in the US, curly/kinky hair is not usually a big deal, it definitely can be, and is often perceived as unprofessional for situations such as job interviews and media appearances. In the Dominican Republic, the issue of hair is a breathing, intimidating monster. I’m pretty sure that well over 60% of the population has curly or kinky hair, but you would never know it walking through the streets. I have seen personally how differently people treat women who wear their hair straight compared to those who wear it curly, and most women are at a loss when it comes to styling curly hair. My cousin in the DR told me that in her communication class at a technical school, the professor advised the female students to go to the salon and straighten their hair before any professional events or class presentations, because wearing it curly is disrespectful. I would really like to meet that woman to have a talk about racism.

 

My natural hair is not disrespectful.

Lunia Collado
Cranston, RI

As an adult, I’ve been living between the US and the Dominican Republic. While in the US, curly/kinky hair is not usually a big deal, it definitely can be, and is often perceived as unprofessional for situations such as job interviews and media appearances. In the Dominican Republic, the issue of hair is a breathing, intimidating monster. I’m pretty sure that well over 60% of the population has curly or kinky hair, but you would never know it walking through the streets. I have seen personally how differently people treat women who wear their hair straight compared to those who wear it curly, and most women are at a loss when it comes to styling curly hair. My cousin in the DR told me that in her communication class at a technical school, the professor advised the female students to go to the salon and straighten their hair before any professional events or class presentations, because wearing it curly is disrespectful. I would really like to meet that woman to have a talk about racism.

My natural hair is not disrespectful.

Lunia Collado
Cranston, RI

As an adult, I’ve been living between the US and the Dominican Republic. While in the US, curly/kinky hair is not usually a big deal, it definitely can be, and is often perceived as unprofessional for situations such as job interviews and media appearances. In the Dominican Republic, the issue of hair is a breathing, intimidating monster. I’m pretty sure that well over 60% of the population has curly or kinky hair, but you would never know it walking through the streets. I have seen personally how differently people treat women who wear their hair straight compared to those who wear it curly, and most women are at a loss when it comes to styling curly hair. My cousin in the DR told me that in her communication class at a technical school, the professor advised the female students to go to the salon and straighten their hair before any professional events or class presentations, because wearing it curly is disrespectful. I would really like to meet that woman to have a talk about racism.

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